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Venomous (Poisonous) Caterpillars – Photos

Several kinds of venomous caterpillars are commonly seen in late summer – early fall. They are usually inconspicuous, so when one is encountered it’s “OUCH – what stung me???!!“. Below are photos of those you might find in the Southeast. Because they are so uncommon and because they feed on...

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Turfgrasses (Lawn Grass) – Identifying

Unlike trees, which have distinctive leaves, or blooming plants, which have distinctive flowers, turfgrass identification is much more difficult for the amateur . There are five major lawn grasses grown in Georgia. Following are characteristics that will help you distinguish them: TALL FESCUE is green throughout the year but tends...

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Leyland Cypress – Limited Lifespan

Nothing lives forever. Whether plant or animal, living things seem to have typical life spans: some measured in centuries and some in days. Leyland cypress is enormously popular in Southern landscapes. It’s been planted by the millions.  Even so, it is not particularly suited for heat and drought. Both lead...

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Hydrangea Summer Pruning – Step by Step

The recent summer rains filled the leaves and roots of my hydrangeas with water, making them strong. Now that the flowers have faded in late June I can prune them to the size I want for next year. Look at the photos below to see before and after shots. I...

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Organic Gardening – Resources

Q: I have been all over the Internet and cannot find a good resource about organic gardening in Georgia and what to plant when. We want to start an organic vegetable garden now. What can we plant in the summer and the other seasons as well? Can you give me...

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  • Egg Cartons – Use As Seed Starters

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  • Mustard Greens – Addition To A Salad

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  • Asparagus – Killing Weeds In The Bed

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  • Vegetable Garden – Plants For Each Month

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  • Dahoon Holly – Losing Leaves?

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  • Bermuda – Weed Control

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  • Crapemyrtle – Pruning

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Dawn Redwood – Losing Leaves

Q: I bought a dawn redwood through the Arbor Day website two years ago. It seemed to be thriving until recently. After Thanksgiving, I noticed all the needles had fallen off. But the branches seem to be alive still. A:...

READ MORE

Perennials – Near A Septic System

Q: We just moved into a new home and want to do some landscaping in the back yard. Can you suggest some shallow rooted perennials that can safely be planted over our septic drain field? A: I don’t think there...

READ MORE

Peace Lily – Keeping It Healty

Q: I was given a potted peace lily eight years ago. It’s had a few deformed blossoms but has not bloomed since. It appears healthy, but never increases in size. A: Daryl Pulis (MrsGreenThumb.com ) says to knock the plant...

READ MORE

Mock Orange – Turning Brown

Q: My mock orange plants are a bit brown after the big freeze. What should I do now, if anything? A: All you can do is wait. On several shrubs (Indica azalea, pittosporum, fatsia, etc) , much damage may show...

READ MORE

Egg Cartons – Use As Seed Starters

Q: I have collected paper egg cartons to use for seed starters. Will the paper bio-degrade or will I need to ‘pull’ the seedling and soil to transplant it? A: In my experience, you can “crumble” the carton pocket on...

READ MORE

Tomatoes – Starting Inside

Q: I want to start some tomatoes inside from seeds. How long does it take to get them big enough to set out? A: The guideline is to start them six to eight weeks before the last frost. Kilgore is...

READ MORE

Mustard Greens – Addition To A Salad

Q: A couple of years ago we came upon seeds for mustard greens, which we sowed in early spring. It added a pleasant “tingle” when mixed with salad greens, but we can’t remember the name of the seed. Can you...

READ MORE

Landscaping – Looking For A Career

Q: I need some advice on career choices in the horticulture industry. I’m a graduate of Gwinnett Technical College in Landscape Horticulture. My interests are caring for plants and helping others who need help with theirs. A: Landscape companies are...

READ MORE

Poison Ivy – Winter Removal

Q: I pulled brown, hard poison ivy vines from my azaleas. Needless to say, I have a rash in the middle of the winter. There are two roots so big and strong they won’t budge from the ground. Please advise....

READ MORE

Landscaping – Taking Care Of Plants In the Meantime

Q: I bought several plants recently that were great buys: althea, crepe myrtle, camellia, azalea, magnolias and rhododendron. We are having grading done for a new driveway and retaining walls. What is the best way to take care of the...

READ MORE

Asparagus – Killing Weeds In The Bed

Q: I fear that my compost is not getting hot enough to kill weed seeds. I topdressed my asparagus bed and now they are full of weeds. A: It really takes work to get ALL of the weed seeds cooked...

READ MORE

Vegetable Garden – Plants For Each Month

Q: I’m trying to find a resource that lists what plants I can plant in each month in a vegetable garden. A: The University of Georgia Extension has several excellent publications for beginning as well as experienced gardeners. You’ll learn...

READ MORE

Raised Beds – Improvising Materials

Q: My wife and I are going to add raised garden beds to our garden. Pine framing lumber deteriorates quickly and I don’t like treated wood. I work for a company that has hundreds of discarded tracks from loaders. Could...

READ MORE

Dahoon Holly – Losing Leaves?

Q: I’ve had a dahoon holly for four years and it has been doing fine. Three weeks ago it started dropping its leaves. I was out of town for two weeks and when I came home it was naked. My...

READ MORE

Pecan Tree – About To Fall?

Q: A big pecan tree is very close to my house. There is a large open area near the base that has been increasing in size. If this continues it could fall on my house! A: It sounds serious! You...

READ MORE

Cherry Tree – A Large Variety

Q: I want to plant a flowering cherry tree on February 24th in honor of a friend that died. Do you think I can get away with planting a tree at that time of year? A: You have good choices...

READ MORE

Fescue Sod – Good Times To Plant

Q: Is it too late to plant fescue sod? A: Anytime between now and March would be fine. Fescue is a cool-season grass and does much of its growth between fall and late spring. Once the sod is laid, water...

READ MORE

Poison Ivy – Chipping With Care

Q: Eight months ago, I cut down a dead pine sapling that had a gigantic hairy poison ivy vine on it. I have rented a chipper to chip branches. Does the poison ivy vine still contain its poisonous oil or...

READ MORE

Weeds – Identification with Pictures

Weed control in the landscape is a tough business. You have to know a lot about the weed in question just to get started! As in most situations, a picture is worth a thousand words. Go through the sites below,...

READ MORE

Diagnosing (Identifying) Holes in the Yard

Sometimes many heads are better than one when it comes to solving a problem. Wade Hutcheson, my Extension colleague in Spalding county, gets plenty of calls from the citizens of his area asking his help in identifying various holes in...

READ MORE

Brown Patch – Diagnosing

You have brown patches of dead grass in your lawn. Is it the common lawn disease ‘brown patch’ or is it something else? The answer is important: if it is brown patch you probably need to spray with a fungicide....

READ MORE

Bermuda – Weed Control

BASIC INFORMATION: Weed Identification Pictures General Turf and Weed Info Lawn Care Calendars THREE METHODS There are three primary methods of controlling weeds. Any one method, when used alone, will not usually control all of your weeds. To consistently control...

READ MORE

Lawn – Timing Pre-emergent Herbicide

One of the sourest phrases that can be directed at a child or adult is “I told you so!” Whether you touch a hot match, leave tools out in the rain or lift cinder blocks all afternoon, someone is usually...

READ MORE

St. Augustine Grass Seed – Where to Buy

Q: Please tell me where I can buy St. Augustine grass seeds. Our lawn has some now and we like it a lot, but we’re having trouble finding seeds. A: You can’t buy St. Augustinegrass seed. The plant is very...

READ MORE

Lawn – Growing in Shade

OK. I admit it. I have given up. I came to the conclusion that grass just would not grow in the corner of my lawn near the ornamental cherry trees. The shade there is so dense that my grass, no...

READ MORE

Lawn – Leveling

A new home in my neighborhood had bermudagrass sod planted in March. By May, one area was a perfect checkerboard of straight lines, composed of weedy plants, surrounding the individual squares of sod. Evidently the sod installers were in such...

READ MORE

Bermuda Grass – Disease – Brown Patch

Brown patch is most prevalent on bermudagrass which has been heavily fertilized when night temperatures are above 68 degrees and day temperature are above 80 degrees. Dead patches of grass may start small but can grow and join together to...

READ MORE

Crapemyrtle – Pruning

One of the most confounding arguments I face is whether and how to prune crapemyrtles. They are mercilessly “murdered” by unaware landscapers and homeowners each winter… yet they still bloom in summer. Some people even believe a crapemyrtle won’t bloom...

READ MORE